NGS Research Standards
From the Editor:
History Day 2003 was a great success and enjoyed by all. Several historical re- enactors, many of whom were honored as History Heroes, brought a special sense of the past to the event. Information on 2003 History Hero Awards is available at http://www.wvculture.org/history/hisher03.html. Past years' winners are posted at http://www.wvculture.org/history/histhero.html. The next History Day at the Legislature is already scheduled for January 29, 2004.
Now that spring is finally here, many families will be cleaning up cemeteries and decorating graves. For hints and reminders for working in cemeteries, refer to West Virginia Archives and History News, September 2001 issue. You will find all issues of the newsletter on our Web site under the Archives section.
In recent newsletter articles, such as The Internet or the Library? (August 2002), After You Find It on the Net, Then What? (August 2002), Contrasting Search Methods (October 2002), and Primary and Secondary Resources (October 2002), we have emphasized the importance of determining the source of information, evaluating its accuracy, and documenting the source of specific data. We now offer the Research Standards of the National Genealogy Society (NGS) as further guidelines for improving both your genealogical and historical research skills, therefore increasing the accuracy of your end results.
NATIONAL GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY (NGS)
Genealogical StandardsPLEASE NOTE: These Genealogical Standards are recommended by the National Genealogical Society. The NGS recommends Standards and Guidelines for the benefit of those who wish to improve their skills and performance in genealogy. NGS is neither an accrediting nor an enforcement agency, and does not determine whether its recommendations are being followed in any particular case. These recommendations have served their purpose when an individual decides that the Standards and Guidelines have or have not been applied in a matter of personal interest.
NGS welcomes links to its Standards and Guidelines on other web sites, or their reproduction by others, as permitted by the copyright notice, but such support from others doesn't assure that their web sites or works conform to the recommended Standards or Guidelines. Should such a claim be made, it is a matter for each individual to consider, and to take whatever action seems appropriate from a personal standpoint.
NGS Genealogical Standards
Remembering always that they are engaged in a quest for truth, family history researchers consistently--
Recommended by the National Genealogical Society, http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/comstandsound.htm
1997, 2002 by National Genealogical Society. Permission is granted to copy or publish this material provided it is reproduced in its entirety, including this notice.
Businesses of the Past: 2003 Calendar: KYOWVA Genealogical Society, no date.
Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Wisconsin: 1901-2001: The Society, no date.
Index to Obituaries in The Parkersburg News: 1930-1939: Wes Cochran, 2003.
Doddridge County WV 1930 Census: Wes Cochran, 2003.
Clay County WV 1930 Census: Wes Cochran, 2003.
Final Environmental Impact Statement: AEP 765kV Transmission Line: U.S. Forest Service, et al, 2002.
Record of Decision: AEP 765kV Transmission Line: U.S. Forest Service, et al, 2002.
Annual Evaluation Report for the Regulatory and Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Programs Administered by the State of West Virginia: Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, for the years 1991, 1992, 1993.
The Self-Sufficiency Standard for West Virginia: Diana Pearce with Jennifer Brooks, 2002.
Guide to The Archives in the Connecticut State Library: The Library, 2002.
Potbelly School Tales: Stanley "Judd" Anderson. Note: Compilation of articles written by members of the West Virginia Association of Retired School Employees, 2002.
John Warwick Daniel (late a senator from Virginia) Memorial Addresses: United States 61st Congress, 1911.
Juvenile Mental Arithmetic: John F. Stoddard, .
The Pennsylvania-German: A Monthly Magazine of Biography, History, Genealogy, Folklore, Literature, etc., Volume X, July 1909, No. 7: edited by H. W. Kriel, 1909. Note: Single issue containing article on Hans Joest Heydt.
The Case of the United States, to be laid before the Tribunal of Arbitration...[Alabama Claims]: 1872.
Ladies Birthday Almanac: The Chattanooga Medicine Co., for years 1936, 1938, and 1939.
Professional Record of Rader and Associates: The firm, 1965.
The Eoff Family in the United States: Robert W. Eoff, pamphlets dating 1901-1906.
Ohio County (WV) Index, Volume 10: Card Index to all Ohio County Courts' Case Files & Loose Papers, Part 3, 1837-1841: Kenneth Fischer Craft, Jr., 2002.
Bicentennial 1776-1976, Belle, W. Va.: Belle Woman's Club, [1976?].
West Virginia Memories of President Kennedy: Ken Hechler, 1999 reprint of 1965 edition. The States and Their Older Citizens: Council of State Governments, .
Regional Cooperation in Higher Education: Board of Control for Southern Regional Education, 1949.
In Memoriam: Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Free Masonry, Orient of West Virginia, Valley of Wheeling. Note: Memorial pages and eulogies for deceased members dated 1905-1919, as well as issues of A. & A. S. R. Bulletin, 1917-20.
With Gratitude to Eva Hubbard: A Celebration of Women Artists at West Virginia University: Lillian J. Waugh, .
American Markets for American Labor: Speech of Hon. Nathan Goff, of West Virginia, in the House of Representatives, April 27, 1888: Government Printing Office, 1888.
A Look at Two Jackson County Tennessee Post Offices and the Mail During the Pre-1850 Stampless Period: Tennessee Genealogy and History article, 1998. [Pamphlet]
Bledsoe County Tennessee Soldiers of the American Revolution: Tennessee Genealogy and History article, 1998. [Pamphlet]
Lincoln County, Tennessee: 1836 Civil Districts and Tax Listings: Tennessee Genealogy and History article, 1998. [Pamphlet]
1820 Stewart County, TN Census: Tennessee Genealogy and History article, 1998. [Pamphlet]
RootsWeb Relationship Chart
On April 12, the National Park Service will sponsor a Gathering on the Underground Railroad, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., in Cumberland, MD. The goal is for participants to share information on resources and programs related to resistance to slavery in Western Maryland and nearby West Virginia and Pennsylvania. For more information, contact Jenny Masur, (202) 690-5166, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
PLEASE CHECK OUR WEB SITE (http://www.wvculture.org/history) FOR GENEALOGICAL and HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS, AND FOR MORE COMPLETE INFORMATION ON ACTIVITIES LISTED BELOW. "SHAPING THE CAPITOL COMPLEX: CASS GILBERT, INC.": Collection of photographs and documents on display in the Archives and History Library and on the Archives and History Web site.
BLUE AND GRAY DINNER, APRIL 10: Dennis Frye, speaker, on the Civil War movie, "Gods and Generals," Independence Hall, Wheeling.
MID-OHIO VALLEY GENEALOGY FAIR, APRIL 12: Wood County Library, Parkersburg.
GATHERING ON THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD, APRIL 12: National Park Service, Cumberland, MD.
RESEARCHING YOUR IRISH & SCOTS-IRISH ANCESTORS, APRIL 29: Free workshop**, Dunbar Branch Library, Kanawha County Libraries, (304) 766-7161.
EARLY VIRGINIA LAND RECORDS, 1620-1865, MAY 3: Free workshop**, St. Albans Branch Library, Kanawha County Libraries, (304) 722-4244.
AFRICAN-AMERICAN GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH IN VIRGINIA RECORDS, MAY 3: Free workshop**, St. Albans Branch Library, Kanawha County Libraries, (304) 722-4244. **Registration required.
VANDALIA GATHERING, MAY 23-25: Capitol Complex, Charleston.
MEMORIAL DAY, MAY 26: The Library will be closed.
WEST VIRGINIA DAY, JUNE 20: The Library will be open.*
INDEPENDENCE DAY, JULY 4: The Library will be closed.
LABOR DAY, SEPTEMBER 1: The Library will be closed. *Only the Archives Library will be staffed--all other Archives offices will be closed. The State Museum will be open any time the Archives Library is open. The West Virginia Library Commission Library in The Cultural Center is closed weekends and all holidays.
ARCHIVES AND HISTORY STAFF
Fredrick Armstrong: Director
Debra Basham: Archivist (photographs, special collections)
Constance Baston: Researcher (Veterans Memorial Archive)
Greg Carroll: Historian (Civil War, Native American history)
Dick Fauss: Archivist (microfilm and moving images collection)
Elaine Gates: Library Assistant (microfilming and microfilm repairs)
Joe Geiger: Assistant Director (Historian, Web page)
Ed Hicks: Photographer (archival photography, darkroom)
Mary Johnson: Historian (West Virginia History)
Terry Lowry: Library Assistant (Civil War)
Cathy Miller: Library Assistant (WV State documents, periodicals)
Sharon Newhouse: Secretary
Harold Newman: Library Assistant (microfilming, Revolutionary War)
Pat Pleska: Manager of the Veterans Memorial Archive
Susan Scouras: Librarian (cataloging, Kentucky, library collection, newsletter editor)
Jaime Simmons: Library Assistant (records of the 1700's and early 1800's, Pennsylvania)
Bobby Taylor: Library Manager
Nancy Waggoner: Office Assistant
Working on special projects: Allen Fowler.
Volunteers: Carolyn Conner, Bill Kelley, Angela Tolbert, and Bob and Lucile Foster.
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Archives and History
The Cultural Center
1900 Kanawha Boulevard East
Charleston, WV 25305-0300
Nancy P. Herholdt, Commissioner
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